Released 12th October
Italy's Nuel, aka Manuel Fogliata, pairs swift kicks and balmy tumbles on his 'Toolkit: Selection' for Northern Electronics. Each track in the barrel is a succinct instrument to fold and pinch the dancefloor at every available angle. Whether you are cruising for a heart rate or falling off the grid, Nuel's sun-kissed snapshots are deft cargo.
a1. Alabama Crimson
a3. Princess Perfume
b2. Rosso Corsa
Released 5th October
INIT's music has the rare quality of transforming bleakness into a soothing experience. In the duo's new EP, 'Wildcard', this mechanism is more intense than ever. And that might be because of the particular circumstances that surrounded its inception. Two years ago, Nadia D'Alo and Benedikt Frey decided to move from Darmstadt to Berlin. Adjusting to a rough area of a big city when coming from a quiet town necessarily brings a change of perspective. For Nadia and Benedikt, that meant experiencing the city life as outsiders while trying to figure out what they wanted from it.'Wildcard' is the sonic result of this process, and proof that changes always bring growth. Recorded in their new home studio during winter, the six tracks on the EP are as haunting as their previous LP for Hivern, but with a rawer approach and enhanced power. Take 'Cover' and 'Solver', an approximation to the kind of moody psych-techno they display in their live-shows and two of the most dance floor oriented tracks INIT have recorded to date. But it's the title track which best expresses the mindset of this work. With its skeletal rattle and undulating synths, 'Wildcard' feels as desolate as a Berlin street in a winter night, but possesses the kind of focus that turns uncertainty into hope. In a similar way, cuts such as 'Copycat' or 'Half Baked' perfectly capture the sort of estrangement -daunting yet hopeful- that comes when moving into a new place, with its slow tempos mirroring the cautious pace of a foreigner and the intoxicated atmospheres calmly distilling the essence of a new environment. Nadia and Benedikt describe this new habitat as small kids on big bikes, eating dry instant noodles, playing with what's to find on the streets, static aircraft traffic closely over our heads and constant running engines. Listening to the music that arose from it, it's obvious that, once again, they've been able to overturn apparently hostile elements into a place were you'd want to stay forever. The 12" comes housed in a sleeve designed by Xavier Marin.
a2. Half Baked
Release Date: 21st of September 2018
Assembler Code - We\'ve felt this one coming for a minute now. After an unstoppable run of releases along side Jensen Interceptor on labels such as Cultivated Electronics, Private Persons & Boysnoize Records, AC is finally flying solo with this 4 track electro assault masterpiece \'Mental Escape\'.
Plugging into the title track \'Mental Escape\', it\'s a rugged machine driven work out through IDM & Industrial landscapes formulated to present his vision of futuristic electro whilst still providing all the nostalgic Rother & Drexcyian nods we all love.
Now that the tone has been set, \'Simulant\' follows suit. Entering the celestial sphere via some haunting sci-fi strings, we\'re slapped in the face with slamming percussion followed by a relentless acidic modulated baseline that takes us from one planet to the next at light speed.
The Journey wouldn\'t be complete with out his old partner in crime Jensen Interceptor coming on board for a ride. \'Type 2\' is a classic case of past meets present. Scrapyard industrial groove ready to split speakers at your next warehouse party married with a selection of classic Alpha sounds to keep all the purists in check.
The thunder continues to the very end. If you\'re a tape saturation fiend begging for your next 808 crack hit, prepare to have your back bent in half with euphoria as soon as \'Hal\'s Machine Tool\' is injected into your ears. In short, 4 minutes & 44 seconds of hard nasty robotic electro booty sweat.
a1. Assembler Code - Mental Escape
a2. Assembler Code - Simulant
b1. Assembler Code feat. Jensen Interceptor - Type2
b2. Assembler Code - HAL's Machine
Released 7th September
The Pulse Projects is the moniker of Albert van Abbe's electro-focused venture. His forthcoming release on Patron Records leans heavily on the gritty and murky sound that we know from the versed producer/DJ, who has been around for quite some time now. 'Soon To Be' is a forceful four-track EP that includes a lot of weighty patterns, compelling soundscapes and some wobbly acid-flecked grooves. But most of all, the EP demonstrates how effective, yet meaningful distorted kicks and breakbeats can be.
a1. Soon to Be
Released 17th June 2018
Killer Smile is an independent multi-genre record label, created by UK-based producer John Morrow (Foul Play, 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Johnny Halo, Skeleton Army) and lifelong friend and electronic music veteran Darran Juzyk.
The first release on label Killer Smile comes from its founder and ex Foul Play member John Morrow aka Skeleton Army.
The "Catchy Schisms EP" features four eclectic tracks firmly rooted in leftfield territory. Vague pads, swarming electronics, deep bass tones and off kilter drum tracks mark a distinct change in style from previous house based Skeleton Army releases. This is John back in experimental mode, not afraid to take a few risks and avoiding traditional dance floor constraints.
Texture and balance is key with fine details like static on sampled drum kicks adding a rich layer to the EP where sound palettes take centre stage. Arrangements are amorphous and organic drifting along without sounding stifled or robotic. Tracks are coherent and soulful yet fuzzy and edgy resulting in an interesting mixture of house and UK bass. The EP also features "Touch", an uplifting house take on the classic Foul Play sound that revolutionised drum and bass in the early nineties.
The "Catchy Schisms EP" is available both digitally and on limited edition sand coloured translucent vinyl complete with black marbled effect and hand stamped label.
a1. Catchy Schisms
a2. Bedlam Jennie
b1. Dynamite Revolution
Released 7th September
Dusty grooves from the dunes of Scheveningen! Inspired by myth, legend and scifi; Legowelt conjures up four ancient mysticism and space odyssey themed tracks that will take you on another journey through psychedelic space and paranormal rituals.
a1. Omnibus Babylon
a2. Learning to Fly
b1. Miskatonic Trimester
b2. Golem Memory Bank
Released 10th August 2018
Hugo Massien returns to E-Beamz to complete his hat-trick of releases. This time out he brings arguably his most explorative and refined work to date.
a1. Where Your Body Begins
a2. The Only Constant Is Change
b1. Alien Shapes
b2. Circles (Going In)
b3. Faith In Chaos
Released 10th August 2018
Following the release of his collaborative EP with Arovane on Apollo Records, Synkro is proud to present the first release on his own label Synkro Musik. Despite having come up during the dubstep era McBride’s music has always resisted easy classification - ‘Luminous’ sees him shift his musical focus back towards the Autonomic / ambient drum & bass sound of his early works for Apollo & Exit Records, backed with a killer remix from drumfunk legend & good friend Dev Paradox.
a1. Synkro - Luminous
a2. Synkro - Weakness
b1. Synkro - Luminous (Paradox Remix)
Released 31st August
Australian producers Jensen Interceptor and Assembler Code team up with The Hacker to deliver another powerful electro release on Mechatronica. Vapour Waves is blasted open by the effective, bumping sunray anthem Random Pain, followed by the darker soundscapes and wonky bassline of HRL6. On the flip, The Hacker's stingy, metallic rework of Drive Shift plunges straight into the deep, following the cold groove and hypnotic design of the original version.
a1. Random Pain
b1. Drive Shift
b2. Drive Shift (The Hacker Remix)
Released 17th August
It’s done. The final, last and endmost volume of remixes for Tuff City Kids’ (aka Philipp Lauer and Gerd Janson) unique debut album Adoldesscent are here. Featuring KiNK, Prins Thomas, Sascha Funke, Shan, Justin Strauss’s Whatever/Whatever project and Brussels’ bohemian Mugwump, TCK originals are treated with acid, balearic rhythms, lean Berlin grooves, New York City dubs, UK breaks and Belgian new beats. There is something for every taste and one for each situation. The vinyl edition carries KiNK, Prins Thomas, Sascha Funke and the previously unreleased proto-rave rocket Icebot. For the rest, hit the download button, please. That’s all folks.
a1. Tell Me [KiNK Remix] (feat. Joe Goddard)
a2. Icebot (Previously Unreleased)
b1. Wake People (Sascha Funke Remix)
b2. Wake People (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
Om Unit's acclaimed album "Self" gets remixes from dBridge, SKRS (aka Seekers International), Sorrow & O$VMV$M (aka Neek & Jabu [Young Echo])
A real deal remix package. Genuine expansions and redirections from likeminded producers, selected by Om Unit. True experiments on Self's flexible styles & vulnerabilities.
a1. What I Can Be [feat. Amos] (A dBridge Modification)
a2. Passages (SKRS Batta&BruiseVIP)
b1. Nothing [feat. Rider Shafique] (Sorrow Remix)
b2. Tahatan (O$VMV$M Redux)
Released 27th July 2018
UVB-76 Music’s latest offering ushers in new blood to the camp in the form of Stave. The Chicago resident’s ‘ATK’ EP sees the tempo submerge to lower depths and the pressure intensify amidst the harsh dynamics and sonic battery that the label is now synonymous for. A four track rhythmic cavort that plays the urge to dance and the allure of subversive nature. plays on*
b1. Ambient Out
Released 27th July 2018
From UVB-76 Music’s fractal personnel rises Karim Maas. A familiar face behind a new mask, Maas, one of the sonic panjandrums at the core of the labels sound submits an aural experience that bleeds between genre and tone with striking ease, negotiating a through line that is hard to pin down in any moment before it shifts again. A stunning EP that remains true to UVB-76 Music’s core tenants. Four absolute steamers and a Huren remix for good measure.
a2. Lizzard King
a3. Cassette A (Huren Remix)
Released 20th July 2018
The Drip EP brings together four distinctive producers and one set of sounds - The Drips. The result is a compilation of 4 tracks that bring the swing and sampling of some of Accidental Jnr’s finest to produce a soaking wet dancefloor.
First up is label boss Matthew Herbert with a trademark groove that harks back to his Wishmountain moniker albeit found lurking in the swamp. Cosmo Sheldrake takes a slight departure from his usual multi-instrumentaling live-looping avant-folk to deliver a track that could only be described as travelling circus aqua-techno. Bahraini born, French / US bred and now Edinburgh dwelling video game builder, sound designer and sometime Scottish league football referee Yann Seznec opens the B-side with an absolute stormer of a rain drenched club hook. Sussex based producer Crewdson and builder of such electronic instruments as the Eggiophone and Concertronica closes proceedings with a drizzling evolving 2-step number.
a1. Matthew Herbert - The Swamp
a2. Cosmo Sheldrake - Splosh
b1. Yann Seznec - Droplets
b2. Crewdson - Amphibious
Release Date: 20th July 2018
For the third instalment of the Plafond series, BAKK presents a mind bending record that brings together two contemporary innovators. Don?t DJ and Bear Bones Lay Low have both earned their stripes when it comes to heavy trance inducing electronics. On the A side Bear Bones Lay Low delivers earthly rhythms in heavenly fashion with a 15 minute piece. Don?t DJ calls upon the spirits with a soothing yet satanic 17 minute narrative on the flip. Comes in a hand printed sleeve with spell casting obi strip made by the BAKK Ancestral Archipelago.
a. Bear Bones, Lay Low - Dissolve into the Night
b. Don't DJ - Rag for Rudolf Rocker
Released 29th June 2018
Limited Hand Stamped and Numbered CDR
This new LP is a beautiful series of time digger tracks that offer, each time, a meticulous and ethereal amalgam of chords and melodic motifs. They deploy themselves throughout a grand and playful dance, organically - but precisely - pulsing in the front line, transmuting from tone to sound and vice - versa, alternatively, gently.
The reverb guitar and dynamic drums might as well set up for a light - headed and nostalgic journey; however, one is seriously involved in a deep trip to holographically arranged music, radiance, into contemplative fragments.
Elongated tones and desynchronized perpetual chord canons get the forty-five minutes rolling, within which blurry strings and drum slide and extend. Composed chanting runs alongside cinematic melodies, and teach each other features.
Singing lines dissolve in soundscapes, soundscapes travel through digital and analog instruments to utter. Each track is the expression of its characters in certain aspects, it unfolds rather than develops, in such manner that melodies seem to have barely enough time to settle. What leads to take off is the actual take off, which makes it a true master piece for presence. Not one listen is - should be - the same.
Add to that a few ecstatic cadenza sneaking in the underlying and powerful classical music legacy in the otherwise adventurous, psychedelic ambient opus, and you’ve got your pass, visit eleven barometer portals to rimstones of vibrant matter.
Otto Johansson - Guitar, Synth, Electronics. Recorded and mixed at home - Winter, Spring, Summer 2017
Additional mix and pre-master by Linus Giertta - Fall 2017
Mastering Andy Miles @ Stardelta
Support: Norman Nodge, Golesworthy, Severino Panzetta, Tom Ravenscroft, Pathaan, Sean from Balamii and Benji B
4. Longest Summer
6. A New Leverage
7. Mosh Music
9. Take A Chill Pill